The Ambassador in Germany (Schurman) to the Secretary of State

No. 589

Sir: I have the honor to enclose herewith a communication to the Secretary of State from the Minister of Foreign Affairs, which was handed to me today by Mr. Trautmann, Head of the Chinese Division of the German Foreign Office, and which, as will be seen, contains the adherence of Germany to the Washington Treaty Relating to Principles and Policies Concerning China.

In this connection, Mr. Trautmann stated that the German Government felt their policy in China was identical with that of the United States. He added that Germany, having now adhered to the Washington Treaty, would naturally take part hereafter with the other Powers in any conferences that might be held in respect of China.

I have [etc.]

Jacob Gould Schurman
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The German Minister of Foreign Affairs (Stresemann) to the Secretary of State

Mr. Secretary of State: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the kind note of October 1, of this year,94 in which Your Excellency invites the German Government in the name of the Government of the United States of America acting for all the signatory powers to adhere to the treaty signed in Washington on February 6, 1922, regarding the principles and policy to be followed in matters concerning China.

On the strength of a full power given to me by the President of the Reich, I hereby declare that Germany, subject to ratification, adheres to the said Treaty.94a

I gladly take [etc.]

  1. See instruction No. 288, Oct. 1, 1925, to the Ambassador in Spain and footnote 66, Foreign Relations, 1925, vol. i, p. 762.
  2. Excerpt from telegram No. 3589, Aug. 19, 1940, from the Chargé in Germany: “ratification of the Nine Power Treaty by Germany did not take place and hence Germany did not adhere to that treaty.” (File No. 026 Foreign Relations/1491.)